Dublin is one of those cities that makes you feel instantly at home. Dublin embraces you with Irish warmth and hospitality.
Discover great attractions from the Guinness Distillery to Trinity College – home of the famous Book of Kells. Take a trip to lively Temple Bar, bask in the tranquil green space of St Stephen’s Green, or seek solace in the shops of Grafton Street lined with boutique retailers and the famous Browns department store. Dublin is not only a great city to explore, but it is also a good place to stay. It has no shortage of extravagant hotels.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Dublin:
The Merrion – 9/10
The most luxurious hotel in Dublin - The Merrion is located in the heart of the city. The hotel is spread across four Georgian townhouses (now one main house), built in the 1760s by Viscount Charles Monck. One of those dwellings is the birthplace of Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. Within this grand hotel, you will find 142 guestrooms scattered between the main house and garden wings. The 52 square metre Junior Suite features a king bed, period furniture plus an Italian Carrera marble bathroom with a tub and shower. Admire the rococo plasterwork by Robert West, vaulted ceilings, marble fireplaces and 18th-century furniture The Lord Monck and Lord Antrim suites on the upper floor are 73 square metres each. The boat-shaped ceiling in the Lord Monck bedroom is adorned with exquisite motifs of flowers and birds and there’s a second single bedroom.
The Lord Antrim has a dining room table and a sitting area with sofas and a coffee table. Treat yourself to a decadent dining experience at the two-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, serving contemporary Irish cuisine with French classical roots. Later enjoy a drink at the Cellar bar and No23 Cocktail Bar or unwind at the spa which boasts a sauna, gym and an 18 metre indoor swimming pool.
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Dylan – 8.5/10
A historic townhouse formerly the home for Royal City of Dublin Hospital nurses. is now a five-star boutique hotel within a leafy neighbourhood just off Baggott Street in the south of the city. The Dylan offers just 72 individually designed bedrooms. A favourite is the luxury queen room measuring 28 square metres - complete with Seventh Heaven beds topped with memory foam mattresses for a peaceful slumber. There is a flat-screen television and Bose surround stereo, mini-bar as well as Nespresso coffee making facilities. Step into an Italian marble bathroom – complete with a tub, rainfall shower, underfloor heating and Maison Margiela bathroom amenities. One step up, the king rooms are 31 square metres with interconnecting rooms and balconies.
But for a truly indulgent stay, experience the top suites which measure 38 square metres and boast Tilevision - perfect for watching your favourite movies in the bath. The signature suite has goose down pillows, a deep bathtub and rainfall shower. This loft-style room has a vaulted ceiling and porthole window. Relax with a creative cocktail in the Dylan Bar, feast on Irish food at The Eddison Restaurant or retreat to The Nurserie Terrace for a refreshing glass of wine and a delicious salad followed by refreshing Champagne-ice popsicles.
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The Fitzwilliam – 8.5/10
A five-star boutique hotel designed by Sir Terence Conran is a short stroll from the boutiques of Grafton Street. Choose from 138 rooms in the categories of classic, deluxe and Writer Rooms as well as junior, library, and deluxe suites. All feature Egyptian linen, duck down duvets and pillows. Additional luxuries include bathrobes, Diptyque amenities, turn down chocolates and complimentary water and newspapers. The Garden Room offers tranquillity and is decorated in lime greens, aubergine and white. Watch your favourite movie on the 28-inch flat-screen television and refresh yourself in the sunflower shaped shower. The Penthouse Suite at The Fitzwilliam comes with a private bar and butler service. Superior rooms have four-poster beds overlooking the courtyard or St Stephens Green.
Gourmands will love the Michelin-star restaurant Glovers Alley by Andy McFadden serving à la carte cuisine over three or four courses with dishes of foie gras, mountain lamb, black curry, suckling pig, langoustine, truffle and Taramasalata Îles Flottante. The Irish bar - The Inn on The Green - offers a variety of tea, coffee, and spirits. Indulge in massages or manicures at the spa or work out at the fitness studio and gym.
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The Shelbourne Hotel – 8.5/10
The grand old dame of Dublin, The Shelbourne, boasts 200 years of heritage. With 265 rooms, the hotel is operated by Marriott. The Heritage Parkview Room has a king-sized bed dressed in luxurious Italian linens, and an elegant marble bathroom with a deep soaking tub and flatscreen television. Guests each get a handcrafted shoebox for shining their footwear. Take your pick from the No 27 Shelbourne, 1824 and The Horseshoe bars for a cool beverage or take Afternoon Tea at The Lord Mayor’s Lounge for a truly momentous occasion in one of Ireland's most iconic drawings rooms – which overlooks the Green. The Terrace is a light-filled oasis to enjoy a tipple, while The Saddle Room champions old-school Irish service with its delicious food.
Escape to a serene spa for a well-deserved pamper. Ladies will love the Elegance and Grace Inspired by Princess Grace treatment, 70-minutes of exfoliation, massage and luxury facial before a glass of bubbly in the relaxation room overlooking St Stephen’s Green. Men can unwind with the Gentleman’s Old-Fashioned package comprising of a back massage, Elemis facial, and foot care ritual and finished off with a cocktail.
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The Westbury – 8.5/10
Owned and managed by The Doyle Collection, an Irish family-owned luxury hotel group, The Westbury is sandwiched between St Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and close to The Museum of Ireland. With 205 rooms, The Presidential Suite is the grandest and is tucked away in its own wing. In total it spans a mighty 140 square metres with a bedroom, separate living area, chic bar, dining area and lounge. It is decorated with sleek designer furniture and original artwork. The spacious black marble-clad bathroom comes with a double vanity unit, free-standing roll-top bath, and separate shower, steam room and sauna. Meanwhile, the hotel’s luxury suites boast panoramic views across the city.
At WILDE 1930s elegance combines with greenery for wonderful alfresco dining, while The Sidecar is an art deco cocktail bar transporting one back to the jazz age. Sink into the sofa at the Gallery and treat yourself to a sumptuous Afternoon Tea or enjoy fine dining at Balfes - a vibrant all-day bistro with an outdoor terrace and an open kitchen. The Westbury does not have a spa, but it does have a small exercise room.
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The Alex – 8.5/10
Tucked away on a corner of Merrion Square, not far from Trinity College is where you will find The Alex. This hotel has an edgy industrial façade hailing back to the 1950s and takes its muse from the heritage of its community which was a once busy working-class neighbourhood with trams passing down Fenian Street, where the front entrance of the Alex is now located. Find 103 rooms across five different categories all featuring flat-screen televisions and comfortable beds with cashmere blankets draped over them. Classic King rooms cover 30 square metres and contain large super king-size beds, a work desk, seating area and a rainforest walk-in shower.
The Carriage Restaurant specialises in locally sourced food and has an all-encompassing drinks menu. Alternatively, enjoy al fresco dining under blooms of flowers in The Secret Garden. It is located on a secluded terrace that’s ideal for outdoor dining as it sits under a retractable roof. Alternatively, enjoy a coffee in The Steam Café. There is no spa at The Alex but its sister hotel The Mont has a full gym and is just two minutes’ walk away.
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InterContinental Dublin – 8.5/10
Traditional luxury meets old-school glamour at The InterContinental hotel. The hotel is located in Dublin's most affluent neighbourhood, Ballsbridge. This lush hotel is but a short stroll away from Grafton Street, O'Connell Street, Aviva Stadium, and the Guinness Storehouse. Find 208 of Dublin’s most spacious bedrooms in a hotel that spans a two-acre estate and grounds. The classic room spans 42 square metres containing a luxury king bed dressed in lavish linens, duck down duvets and a pillowtop. The Italian marble bathroom has a shower and bathtub as well as Byredo bathroom amenities. There is also an interconnecting bedroom.
Fine dining is available at Seasons Restaurant where Chef Alberto Rossi is famed for his excellent cuisine, described as “artwork on a plate”. Escape from the metropolis for a pampering massage or indulgent facial. Take a splash in the 14-metre swimming pool or sink into the Jacuzzi for some ‘you time’ and linger over tea and light snack options in the sunny Courtyard Garden.
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The Clarence Hotel - 8/10
In the quays, close to the bustling Temple Bar is Dublin’s original rock and roll hotel – The Clarence. With just 58 rooms, the most opulent is the duplex Penthouse Suite, spanning a colossal 185 square metres. On the ground floor is an elegant master bedroom featuring a large king-size bed, premium white linen, and a large en-suite bathroom. There is also a spacious double bedroom with a king-size bed, large guest bathroom, fully fitted kitchen and modern dining room. The family room has adjoining bedrooms with super king beds and overlooks cobbled streets, while the lounge peers over the Liffey. Take the spiral staircase upstairs to the loft living space with an angled skylight ceiling. A baby grand piano sits at the top of the stairs.
In the standard doubles, deluxe doubles and river view rooms and suites you will find wrought iron beds and velvet drapes as well as beds dressed in crisp white linens. Cleaver East is a contemporary restaurant run by Michelin starred chef Oliver Dunne who champions locally-sourced ingredients with Asian infusions. The central bar in the Curious Mister has plush seating for guests to sip world-class cocktails. Others can enjoy a pint in The Stout Bar.
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The Westin - 8/10
The Westin, by Marriott, looks out over Trinity College and is near to many attractions. There are 208 guest rooms and suites to take your pick from. The Heritage Deluxe Rooms are inspired by the dramatic Irish coastline, using natural materials such as Donegal linen and a carpet mimicking the surf. Bibliophiles will want to check out the Library Suites, named in honour of a celebrated Irish writers. Choose from the George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, W.B. Yeats, and Oscar Wilde suites. Find Irish Literature in each two-story suite which has a romantic spiral staircase and stunning views of Dublin City Centre or Trinity College Dublin. This generous space traverses 54 square metres and contains a king-sized bed festooned in luxurious bed linen, a living room and a sitting area with a 49-inch television and an entertainment system. There is a Carrara marble en-suite bathroom with tub, rainfall shower and Chopard Bathroom amenities.
When it comes to food, guests can choose from Moorlands Lounge and Grill, the Atrium Lounge, or the Mint Bar. Furthermore, The Banking Hall iconic ballroom has Crystal chandeliers, marble pillars, tall mahogany doorways and magnificent detailing on the walls and ceiling. Spa and massage therapy are free along with childcare and babysitting. The venue also has fitness classes and a studio.
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Conrad - 8/10
This five-star luxury hotel in Dublin’s vibrant city centre is situated opposite the National Concert Hall and close to Grafton Street. Its 192 rooms are painted in bright colours and feature sleek wooden floors, oak panels, and bespoke Irish artwork. Choose from eight room categories: The king premier is 34 square metres and features shiny wooden floors, oak panels, soaring ceilings and bespoke Irish artwork and a balcony overlooking the Conrad courtyard with two low chairs and table and a 48-inch television screen. Interconnecting family rooms are 62 square metres and accommodate up to two adults and two children. They feature king and twin rooms with two 48-inch televisions. Children are welcomed with a personal toy hamper and turndown cookies and milk, while cots and a baby bathtub are available.
The Coburg Restaurant is an all-day brasserie specialising in seafood bouillabaisse, mussels, and a crab cocktail. Sample afternoon tea in Lemuel's lounge bar or visit Alfie Byrne's by Galway Bay Brewery and enjoy a craft beer on the outdoor terrace. The Conrad Dublin features 24-hour room service, a fitness centre with a gym and a business centre, but no spa.
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